Alain Johannes 3rd Solo record Hum.
Pre-sale of this new release will release and ship on July 31st 2020.
May 1, 2020 – SANTIAGO, Chile – Alain Johannes, co-creator of the highly influential
‘90s alternative rock band Eleven as well as a key contributor on releases from Queens
of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures and Chris Cornell, releases Hum
(https://lnkfi.re/AJHum), his third solo album, on July 31 via Ipecac Recordings.
“It’s more about me than probably any album I’ve ever done,” says Johannes about the
collection that follows a period of tragic loss, extreme illness and rebirth. “It was
something I was striving for and needed to communicate. Coming out of a difficult
period, I was liberated. I had lost people who were very close to me. I went through
struggles with my own health. There’s a personal energy behind the way it was
recorded and the feel of the songs. It’s a document of my life right now.”
Johannes is seen playing the album’s title track in a video released this morning
(https://youtu.be/n_9ua-IjRzk). The clip, which showcases Johannes performing the
song in the woods near his Los Angeles home, was shot by Frank McDonough and
edited by Felo Foncea.
“You can think of the album title, Hum, a few ways,” adds Johannes. “Of course, there’s
a musical hum. There’s an electrical hum. To me, it suggests a sense of mystery. When
you stop and listen to silence in nature, the hum is underneath the threshold of hearing.
It’s a mysterious and magical sense of something existing, beautiful, and alive. It’s a
blanket word for the sound of the ether—something that’s always been there, always
will be there, and everything comes from it. It’s the common connection to everything.”
Album pre-orders, which include an instant download of “Hum” are available now:
Hum album cover
Hum track list:
1. Mermaids’ Scream
3. Hallowed Bones
5. If Morning Comes
8. Here In The Silence
Photo credit: Tom Bronowski artwork by Tom Bronowski and Dr. No.
Alain Johannes first came to international prominence with Eleven, a trio that featured
Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and with Johannes’ beloved late wife, Natasha
Shneider. Eleven released five albums between 1991 and 2003. Johannes and
Shneider became sought out contributors, working with Chris Cornell on his celebrated
1999 solo debut, Euphoria Morning—which the couple co-wrote, co-produced, and
toured in support of. They also lent their talents to Queens of the Stone Age’s chart-
topping 2005 Lullabies To Paralyze and the subsequent two-year touring cycle that
followed its release. Along the way, Alain either wrote, produced, or engineered
projects for No Doubt, Mark Lanegan, Jimmy Eat World, Brody Dalle, and Arctic
Monkeys, to name a few. Not to mention, he performed in PJ Harvey’s live band as well
as Them Crooked Vultures where he shared stages worldwide with Dave Grohl, Josh
Homme, and John Paul Jones. A sought-after composer for film, television, and video
games, he has penned music for HBO’s Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends)
as well as Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands and Breakpoint. Plus, Grohl enlisted
him as part of the Sound City Players, co-writing and performing various cuts on the
soundtrack for Sound City. Following Natasha’s passing, he unveiled his first solo effort,
Spark, in 2010 before delivering the follow-up Fragments and Wholes, Vol. 1 three
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